AAIP Shingles Vaccination Information for Native Americans
Shingles, a virus that results in a painful, itchy rash, presents a serious risk to American Indian and Alaskan Native communities.
According to the CDC, about 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime. It’s estimated that 1 million people get shingles each year in the U.S.
AAIP and the CDC recommend that adults 50 years and older and adults 19 years and older with weakened immune systems get two doses of the shingles vaccine to prevent shingles and complications from the disease.
Talk to your healthcare provider or visit your tribal clinic or physician to determine if you’re eligible to receive the shingles vaccine.
Who can contract shingles?
Anyone who has ever had chicken pox can develop shingles, but it is far more common among adults ages 50+.
While you cannot give shingles to other people, others can contract chicken pox from you, which can be particularly dangerous to vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, infants and those with weak immune system.
AAIP and the CDC encourage American Indian and Alaskan Native adults over 50 to get the shingles vaccine.
Why should I get the shingles vaccine?
Getting the shingles vaccine greatly reduces your risk of contracting the disease, prevents threatening complications, and helps keep other vulnerable community members like infants and pregnant women safe and healthy.
When you get the shingles vaccine, you’re helping to ensure our vibrant culture and cherished traditions will continue to thrive for years to come.